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of defense has invested significant time and resources into improving our nation's energy security. energy security is imperative to the success of today's military. which, by the way, uses 93% of the energy that's used by the federal government, which is the largest user of energy in this country. as our current chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general dempsey, has said, without improving our energy security we are not merely standing still as a nation, we are falling behind. let's be clear. energy security is national security. and our military leadership understands this. other countries, including some of our strongest competitors, also understand this and we ignore this fact at our own peril. i saw some of the innovations that the navy has adopted earlier this year when i chaired a hearing for the energy subcommittee on water and power down in norfolk aboard the uss kersarge. the purpose was to highlight the advancements the navy continues to make in harnessing renewable energy resources. up with of those resources i saw is homegrown -- homegrown biofuels. and the navy recently
whether a free people are willing to remain steadfast in defense of an 800-year-old right that finds justice for the accused and provides restraint and limits on despotism. i hope my colleagues will today vote against limitations on the trial by jury, recognize its sanctity and recognize the importance of something that brings members from the right side of the aisle together with members of the left siel of the aisle who believe strongly in the defense of the bill of rights. thank you, mr. president. i yield back my time. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from utah. mr. lee: mr. president, i rise today to speak in favor of the feinstein-lee amendment to the national defense authorization act. at the outset i'd like to note that this amendment is the product of bipartisan discussion and collaboration on an issue that's important to all americans. i'm pleased to have been a part of that process. senator feinstein and i have worked closely together over the course of the past year to craft what we believe represents a very prudent course in protecting both ou
. majority ritter harry reid hopes the senate to work, 2013 defense program. off of the 4 u.s. ambassador susan rice meet with republican senators discussing the september attack on the consulate in benghazi, libya and she will talk with susan collins and senator bob corker. yesterday she sat down with senator mccain, gramm and ayat. senator mccain told reporters the information she gave the american people was incorrect, but a spontaneous demonstration triggered by hateful video. it was not and there was compelling evidence that the time that was certainly not the case. the house transportation and infrastructure committee is holding at hearing on amtrak's restructuring plans. the committee will hear from the inspector general and amtrak's president and representative from the united transportation union live at 10:00 eastern on our companion network c-span. [applause] >> last night secretary of state condoleezza rice and chancellor of the new york city public schools joel kline had a somewhat on education reform in washington examining america's education system and the impact on nation
for decades to come as she in turn honors the first state's legacy, and she sails the seas in defense of our nation and upholding her state's motto: freedom and liberty. and the navy motto, forever courageous. now, it's my happy privilege to introduce the sponsor of the uss delaware, dr. jill biden. [applause] >> thank you, secretary maybus, for that kind introduction. this is a very exciting day. as a proud military mom and a very delawarean, i am honored to sponsor the uss delaware. one of the best parts of serving as second lady is that i have the opportunity to meet with so many members of our military and their families. i am always inspired by their strength and resilience. no matter what challenges they face, our men and women in uniform serve with courage and distinction. of they are the reason we have the best, most powerful military in the world. l and it's our duty to make sure ha they have everything they need to stay safe and do their jobs. .. >> he follows in the footsteps of two of his grandfather's, who have also served in the navy. the navy was a memorable part of my life as
the question has the defense and intelligence community accurately forecasted their 10-year, 15-year need for spectrum, and are we making decisions about reallocating that to the private sector in the context of the potential real need that these communities might have for it as, you know, they become more connected, they pick up mobile, you know, drone connectivity, network-centric warfare? have they predicted their needs before we make decision about reallocating that? >> well, so just some facts. in the u.s. the government -- military and otherwise -- has primary access to about 60% of the spectrum, and commercial industries have access to about 40%. when you think about the numbers and compare the number of devices used by government versus commercial, it's not even close. >> yeah. >> and so it's hard not to rook at it and think -- not to look at it and think this is out of whack even taking the most aggressive projections on what government users will need. and, in fact, there really isn't a lot of disagreement that on the government side -- this is true on the commercial side, too,
could include debate on defense programs and policy, and possibly legislation to do with equal rights, people with disabilities. centers will us from 12:30-2:15 eastern for weeks the party meetings. live coverage of the senate and members gavel in right here on c-span2. right now some debate from the floor of the senate yesterday between majority leader reid and republican leader mitch mcconnell. d, w they talkede about potentialit't changes to filibuster rules. here's some of what they had to say. >> i'd like to turn to anotheras issue that doesn't grab as manyt utadlines as these others we'veb been focus on the last few days o the mortal threat that has been quietly gathering against one of the most cherished safeguards of our government. i'm referring to the latest effort by some on the other side, most of whom have never served a day in the minority, to force a change in senate rules at the beginning of the new year that would fundamentally change the character of the senate. this is no exaggeration. what these democrats have in mind is a fundamental change to the way the senate o
at the oral argument where defense counsel made very clear that ether has many lawful uses. that makes it different from what the court considered in place. >> not in somebody's house. i mean, maybe lawful uses in a factory or an operating room, but nobody has cans of ether in their house unless they're making drugs. >> the defense counsel i think correctly suggested that there are, in fact, lawful uses in photography labs. he actually had an expert who testified about the various lawful uses of ether this a house. the government was not making an argument that that was contraband or evidence of a crime. the government was just saying, oh, it's very limited information because we had already tracked the ether to the house. and the court said, basically what it said in powell, it might not be much, but it's still about lawful information/activity in the house, and that's protected. sure, we say kyllo o, lawful activity in the house, but those are not legitimate interests, and the court has said that again and again and again. >> but in kyllo there was already a seizure that had happened
there and there is a goal he stopped a lot of the shots and he did amazing things on defense but you couldn't sing to govern the the state. it's not reasonable because of the way that it was structured, so it was a difficult case to make and romney didn't do it. >> the one thing talked about today is controlling or shrinking the size of government. just talk about taxes. the objective of holding the line or lowering taxes is ultimately supposed to contain or reduce the size of the government. do you feel closer or further from that goal today? >> much closer. one is the tea party and the other is the right and budget. up until the tea party, i would have been here and told you obama is going to spend too much money and you can't get the american people upset about spending too much. you have to wait until it becomes a tax increase that's why the protection pledge was i think the best defense against the government. the same misreading of his mandate that he's doing now so when some of us suggested the misreading of the mandate he did it for years ago. he threw away the approval rating to spend the stimulus
association of people with disabilities, the disability rights education and defense fund, and the national disability rights network. in addition, it is supported by 21 different veterans groups including the wounded warrior project, the american legion, disabled american veterans and veterans of foreign war. president george h.w. bush, who signed the americans with disabilities act into law, has called for ratification of this treaty. there's been no more passionate advocate -- and in i'm so honord that he would consider devoting his energies and good name to our effort -- for ratification of the treaty than senator bob dole, a lifelong advocate for disability rights. we need to pass this in a tribute to bob dole, for his life of service to the state of kansas and to the nation as well as his heroic efforts on behalf of the disabled in the united states senate. these people have come together to support ratification of the treaty because they know it's critical for those living with disabilities in the united states and around the world. thanks to the a.d.a. and similar larks the united s
of the things that the health sector and energy sector and even defense has learned, when you get ahead of it, you can help the to shape the conversation the way you can't if you're on the back end responding. back end responding in any context you're at the bottom of that conversation. >> you work directly with teachers. given the tenor of the conversation around for-profits i have got to suspect many. teachers you reach out to or come into contact with probably have mixed feelings about for-profits. what kind of reception has learnzillion gotten and how do you drive the conversation the way jim suggested where it is about focusing on what serves kids well and alleviating concerns in that kind of framework? >> yee. actually let me start with the second part and move to the first part because i think what jim's jim is pointing out in terms of incentives the government plays an important role. if there is threat of that sort of response from the government, i think that that in itself then creates incentives for different actors within the industry to act differently. one thing interesting fro
of defense and so forth and for other purposes. mr. reid: madam president? the presiding officer: may we have order please. the majority leader. mr. reid: as i indicated this morning, we're trying to work our way through a number of issues. we thought we were going to be able to move toward the carcieri matter this evening but we're still negotiating this matter and so we're going to have to do that at some subsequent time. i would note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. sessions: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: i would ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. may we have order please. mr. sessions: madam president i appreciate the vote that we -- that was just concluded. i think what the vote says is that we want the bills brought to the floor to be in compliance with the budget control act that was passed 15 months ago. this bill even though it was not a lot of money violated that and the senators have volted not to waive the budget and sp
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